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Gryffindor Common Room

The Gryffindor Common Room, located in Gryffindor Tower.

"You will have classes with the rest of your house, sleep in your house dormitory, and spend free time in your house common room."
Professor McGonagall talking to the First years.

A common room is a shared lounge area in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There is one for each house. The common rooms feature fireplaces and sitting areas and are decorated in house colours. They are often used to do homework and to socialize with housemates. The boys' and girls' dormitories are also attached to the common rooms, with spells in place to prevent male students from entering the girls' dorms.

The four houses each have a protective measure to prevent students from other houses entering. To enter the Gryffindor Tower and the Slytherin Dungeon , one requires a password. The Ravenclaw Tower requires the answer to a riddle in order to enter, and the Hufflepuff Basement requires tapping the barrel 'two from the bottom, middle of the second row' in the stack of barrels near the kitchen corridor, in the rhythm of Helga Hufflepuff.

It can be said that the methods of gaining entry to each house's common room mirrors the perceived intellectual reputation of each house. Hufflepuff, often stereotyped as a house for "duffers", has a very simple method of entry that never changes. On the other end of the spectrum, Ravenclaw, a house prizing intelligence, provides a new intellectual challenge with each attempted entry.[1]

Common rooms

Behind the scenes

  • The Hufflepuffs are the only house to have a defence mechanism for their common room. If someone taps the wrong barrel or the wrong rhythm, they are doused in vinegar.


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore - Hufflepuff Common Room
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